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03 July 2019
State Police conduct underage drinking initiative in Columbia County

Major Richard L. Mazzone
Troop K Commander
Columbia County, New York – On June 28, 2019, the New York State Police the State Police conducted plain-clothes checks of eleven retail locations in Columbia County that sell alcohol to ensure their compliance with New York State's Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law.  The enforcement initiative resulted in one arrest for violations of the ABC Law.
Meaghan L. Todd, age 34, of Ghent, an employee of The Hillsdale House located at 2634 State Route 23 in the town of Hillsdale, was arrested for unlawful Dealing with a Child in the 1st degree, a class A misdemeanor.  Todd was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the town of Hillsdale Court on July 17, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
According to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, underage drinking is associated with the three most common causes of death among youth, including accidental deaths (e.g., car crashes), homicides, and suicides.  The State Police will continue to conduct underage drinking enforcement details statewide in order to protect the citizens of NYS and its youth.

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